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First Day at Chancellorsville Battlefield

9001 Plank Road, Chancellor, VA 22553, USA  | More on: Chancellorsville »

The First Day at Chancellorsville Battlefield is the site of the opening clash of this famous battle, fought on May 1, 1863. The battle pitted the leading elements of Confederate General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and Union General Joseph Hooker's Army of the Potomac. After several hours of fighting in the clearings along the Orange Turnpike, Hooker withdrew his forces, leaving the battlefield - and the initiative - in the hands of the Gray Fox, Lee. Lee's army would not relinquish the initiative until two months later in a small Pennsylvania town known as Gettysburg.


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From I-95, take exit 130-B Route 3 West. Continue on Route 3 (Plank Road) approximately 5 miles. Immediately after passing Chancellor Elementary School and Corter Road the battlefield will be on your right. The parking area is approximately 0.5 mile ahead.

Visitor Services

Walking trails, interpretive signs. Brochures for trails, walking, and driving tours on the website.

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This site is part of the Virginia Civil War Trail.

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Daily: from Sunrise to sunset.



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